What's on in the District
Youth Exchange Programme Camp
Dec 09, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016
Council Of Governor's Meeting
Dec 11, 2016
End School Term 4
Dec 20, 2016
Christmas Day
Dec 25, 2016
Public Holiday - Boxing Day
Dec 26, 2016
Public Holiday - Christmas Day Observance
Dec 27, 2016
New Year's Day
Jan 01, 2017
Public Holiday - New Year's Day Observance
Jan 02, 2017
Semi Annual Dues Due - Pay RI
Jan 03, 2017
Public Holiday - Australia Day
Jan 26, 2017
School Term 1 Begins
Jan 30, 2017
Merry Christmas
With the festive season upon us, I look back at the year in amazement at just how happy and fulfilling my life is.  My family have celebrated the birth of two gorgeous granddaughters and enjoyed hearing the laughter of our eight beautiful grandchildren.  I am so blessed to have Trevor, my precious children, their partners, my beautiful mum and wonderful friends to share in my life ~ they all mean the world to me.   I feel proud and happy to be a part of this great organisation of Rotary and to all of you, my Rotary friends, may your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill and may the year ahead be full of contentment and happiness.  May the Christmas season fill your homes with joy, your hearts with love and your lives with laughter.  
Monthly ARH News Item November 2016
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) has been working on a video project featuring funded researchers who specialise in various areas of mental health.
Researchers were asked to explain why they do mental health research, and while there’s been various responses, it’s common belief that there is still so much more that needs to be done to improve the mental health of Australians.
We invite you to watch and share the following YouTube links with your Rotary Clubs, friends and family, to bring home the message that mental health is an area that needs continuous support and funding.
  1. I do mental health research because…
  2. I do mental health research because… (part 2)
Please also subscribe to the Australian Rotary Health YouTube channel and keep an eye out for I do mental health research because… (part 3), coming soon.
There is a vision to expand this video project to feature Australian Rotary Health supporters and people with an experience of mental illness. If you’d like to help Australian Rotary Health promote its cause, please contact Media and Communications Manager, Jessica Cooper at: or (02) 8837 1900.
Visit the ARH website to find other ways you can help:   
What a wonderful evening was had at the Cardinia Cultural Centre on Saturday Nov 26!
Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening of food, fun, dancing and raising some extra funds for the Foundation.
I would also like to thank all those who donated prizes and auction items – they helped to make the evening extra special.
Glenn Ellam as MC and Rob Wilson (from Traralgon) as our auctioneer really set the tone for the evening and the birthday cake made by Margo Whelan – also Traralgon – went down very well.
Disease Prevention & Treatment
Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
Latest news on Rotary’s efforts to fight disease:
Resources and References:
Note: All Blue references can be accessed by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and then click on the Blue reference to get more detail in each topic.
Don MacDonald
TRF Committee – PR.
Vince Dijkstra, a retired local horticulturist, was inducted recently as a member of the Drouin Rotary Club.
Vince arrived in Australia from the Netherlands in 1987 as a qualified horticulturalist, and set up business growing flowers at Iona – an enterprise he carried on for almost 30 years before retiring to the Drouin area.  He supplied cut flowers through the Melbourne market and interstate.
Vince was introduced to the Club by Past President Arie DeWit, and their wives, Afke and Ans accompanied their husbands for the occasion.
In performing the induction, President Sharryn Marshall welcomed Vince into Rotary, saying that the Club would benefit from his involvement in its projects, and announced that he had been appointed to the Club’s fund-raising committee.  Responding to his induction, Vince said that he was grateful for the friendly reception he had received when visiting the Club and was looking forward to participating in its various community activities.
Two years ago a team of 28 Rotarians and tradie friends spent almost two weeks at the Hango Agricultural College replacing the 2½ km supply line from the mountain spring to a new 100,000 litre steel header tank along with construction of two staff houses and other improvements.
Around the middle of the year we sent 2 x 40ft containers with 36 tonnes of building materials, water pipe and fittings, fencing materials, food, appliances, machinery and yes, even a kitchen sink so that all required goods would be there when we got there.
On 19th October another team of 27 members returned from a very successful follow up Phase 2 project to replace and upgrade the old water reticulation system throughout the College proper and to install an irrigation system throughout the productive market garden areas of the farm. All buildings now have running water from the header tank connected through a completely new reticulation system. This is particularly important for the student dormitories and ablutions blocks and in the kitchen where the student’s meals are prepared.
This reliable, potable water supply will greatly improve hygiene for both staff and students. It also guarantees reliable water supplies for animal husbandry and dairy operations.
The irrigation system covers a market garden area of approx.. 400m x 400m and is operable from the natural head pressure. It is easily maintained and operated as it consists of layflat hose along the headland to which are attached individually controlled “t” tape drip lines along each land in which vegetables are grown.  This system will save students hours of bucketing water each day and will greatly improve the productivity of the farm area. It will be particularly useful for dry season production when the availability of fruit and vegetables normally declines.
The year round irrigation will increase productivity and this will benefit the people of Tonga through increased vegetable supplies and it also will help to improve the income for the College from their productive farmland.
A key component of the project was the teaching and training of College personnel in the operation and maintenance of the systems.  Specialist tools and equipment were left on site so that they can care for and maintain the systems.
This water project was a beneficiary of a much appreciated Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation that supplemented the $20K provided by our Club,  $15K from Ballarat South and $22 from generous donors. The end result was that the water component of our Project had a total budget of $114,000. An excellent example of how to multiply your own resources by tapping into the funds available through the Rotary Foundation.
Our grant application targeted one of the 6 areas of focus, Water and Sanitation. Our concise explanation of the project and desired outcomes, including budget and financing, was fully supported by District and District Foundation Chairman, Tony Spring, provided helpful advice in the preparation of the application.
The small but very active Rotary Club of Nukualofa provided fantastic support in smoothing the way with Customs and other Tongan Government agencies and we enjoyed their hospitality during our visit.
It was particularly pleasing to have four members of the Rotary Club of Ballarat Sth as part of our Team. One of these members works for Western Water who donated around 1.5km of poly water pipe of various sizes for use on the project.
In addition to the Water aspects our Team also constructed two more staff houses, re-equipped a sewing room with 10 new sewing machines and taught the ladies of the community how to use them. 
We distributed educational resources to 7 schools and delivered a cache of medical and hospital supplies to the clinic on the Island of Eua. The content of this cache having been determined by a qualified Nursing Practitioner who was a member of our 2014 team.
The end result is a great advertisement for the work of Rotary.  It is impossible to convey the level of appreciation, gratitude and emotion displayed by the College community.  On our last night in Tonga we attended a thank you dinner at Tupou College, a residential college for 1000 boys. They sang their hearts out in magnificent harmony. Then we had the real pleasure of listening to their very talented orchestra of 40+ instruments, complete with soloist violin and then their large Champion Brass Band.  Their performances were first class.  Now that is a pretty special way to express thanks.
For the members of Team Tonga 2016 it was another personal growth and development experience that exposed us to a wonderful culture and beautiful people. Many tears were shed as we departed on the ferry back to the main island.  Their simple lifestyle and their value system caused all of us to question whether we are have maybe lost the plot with regards to what is important.
If your Club would like to hear more about how to get involved in a RAWCS project, how to apply for a Global Grant from the Foundation or simply about what Cranbourne has done in Tonga and whether such projects are worth the effort give them a call. They will be happy to provide a speaker or two. 
Call Ian Symons 0418 380 322 or Andrew Pinxt 0419 722 501
The World Needs More Rotarians
Would you like help with membership at your Club?
Did you know our District had a net growth in membership of 22 new Rotarians?
The district membership committee is available to personalise what you would like presented and covered in your club.   We have a variety of speakers who can help you move forward with a membership plan, how to attract younger members, what really works in attracting new members and how to keep you existing members happy!
Please email to get the ball rolling.
Membership Webinars – you just need a computer and speakers (microphone optional) and access to the internet.
We had 2 recently on Strengthening your Club 1 – the recent changes by the Council on Legislation and how Clubs have been given new flexibility in meetings and attendance.
If you would like a copy of the presentation or a link to the recorded Webinar please email me
Next year:   Strengthening your Club 2 – Preparing your Club Membership Plan
Other Zone Webinars:
RI Director’s Update, RI Director Noel Trevaskis
Thursday 8 December 2016, 5.00 pm (AEST) Monday 12 December 2016, 8.15 am (AEST)
Attracting the next generation of Rotarians: Re-connecting with Rotary alumni
Wednesday 22 February, 2017, 5.00 pm (AEST)
Resources for Clubs
Let me know if your Club would like any of these resources and we will send in the old fashioned way?
Congratulations Rotary Club of Latitude 38
On Saturday, 19th November, Rotarians and friends from across the district gathered at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne to celebrate the Charter of the Rotary Club of Latitude 38.  It was a memorable afternoon with great food, great fellowship, perfect weather and magnificent Australian Native gardens surrounding us.  An enormous amount of dedicated work has gone into the formation of this club and I felt extremely proud to join in celebrating this special day.  Congratulations to PP Kerrie Schmidt, PDG Brian Norris all the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Latitude 38, acknowledging that some of you are living overseas.  All Rotarians in District 9820 wish you many years of success in your Service Above Self.
The Rotary Foundation Celebrating 100 years
On Saturday, 26th November, Rotarians and friends from across D9820 gathered in support of the Gala Dinner held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre to celebrate our Rotary Foundation turning 100 years. 
That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.  All of us in attendance enjoyed a great night of fun, laughter and dancing ‘til we dropped, to the music of The Baker Boys.  Past District Governor and The D9820 Rotary Foundation Chairman Tony Spring, along with Past District Governor David Louden and District Governor Lynne Westland cut the cake which was enjoyed by everyone.  Through our Foundation Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.  The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the our community and the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
All of us in attendance had a great night and sincerely thank TRF Chairman Tony Spring, DGN Janne Speirs and PDG Charlie Speirs for all the hard work that went into an extremely successful night.  Well done, and ‘thank you’.
The Drouin Rotary Club’s 15th birthday market held recently set another record with 72 stallholders and strong public support in ideal weather conditions.
The Club’s Market organisers, John Tricarico and Gary Scanlon, said that the market has continued to grow, and pleasant sunshine “certainly brought out the people, making it quite a social occasion”.  John thanked the stallholders for their continuing support over the years and members of the community for their patronage.  The Club celebrated the market’s 15th birthday with a birthday cake being cut by two stallholders - Brad Fankhauser (Fankhauser Orchards), who was one of the originals, and April Patton (Sweet Betsy coffee van), who was the newest stallholder.  Slices of the cake were distributed amongst stallholders.
The Rotary Club also mounted a “community awareness” stand at the market, as a means of better informing the public of the work done by Rotary in the community, nationally, and internationally.  This was the initiative of Club director Bob Vogt, and was staffed by Bob, his wife Maggie, Club president Sharryn Marshall and several Rotarians.  Information leaflets, together with balloons and sweets for the children were distributed.
John Tricarico said that the December market is also looking very promising, with extra features including music being supplied by John Stevens (keyboard) and Jack Pretty (double bass), and the arrival of Santa Claus at 10am, amongst other attractions.
The monthly markets, held on the third Saturday each month in the car park in Young Street, Drouin, and the annual Motorfest and the Swap Meet are the Club’s main fund-raisers for its range of projects - mainly local causes, but also national emergency relief and some international Rotary programs.  In the previous financial year, the markets, including the barbecue operated by club members, raised $11,000 to benefit the community.